Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

Ways to Connect

Guest conductor Grant Llewellyn, a native of Wales, will join the Eugene Symphony for their April performances in Eugene and Florence. He also is participating in extensive artist residency programs this week as well. He speaks with Eric Alan about the experience.

Tom Spanbauer is the author of five acclaimed novels, and the founder of the teaching form called Dangerous Writing. His latest novel I Loved You More looks at the workings of a very complicated love triangle. Before giving a reading on the UO campus on Tuesday evening, April 15th, he speaks with Eric Alan about the muse of the secret sore place.

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Anne Weiss has merged folk with the blues and other influences, while Texas native  Beth Wood has brought her own songs to Eugene in recent years. Together, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios on the last day of KLCC's spring fund drive, before also performing together at Tsunami Books in Eugene, on Friday April 11th.

The Battlefield Band merges traditional Scottish music with their own modern, original compositions, into a blend that’s won them many awards over the years. That recently includes “Album of the Year” at last year’s Scots Trad Music Awards, for their most recent release Room Enough for All. They were previously named “Scottish Folk Band of the Year” there as well. They joined Eric Alan  live in the KLCC studios, before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on April 10th.

Shy Persons Talent Show

Apr 10, 2014

The annual Shy Persons Talent Show will coax secret performers of all ages out onto the stage at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th. It's a benefit for paralyzed activist David Oaks. Eric Alan talks with the talent show's originator, Buck Mueller, and Margo Schaefer about the event.

Photo by Eric Alan

Bruce Cockburn has carved a remarkable career over the past four decades and thirty-one albums, combining his talents as guitarist, poet, songwriter and activist. His latest CD, Small Source of Comfort, ranges widely from beautiful instrumentals to song reflections on his travels to Afghanistan, from an imagining of the reincarnation of Richard Nixon to a fine song about people who don’t call you back. He is also the subject of a DVD last year called Pacing the Cage, and he has a spiritual memoir coming out in book form in the fall.

The Eugene Ballet Company is collaborating with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for Zoot Suit Riot at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The performances will also include a tribute piece called “Silk and Steel,” by Toni Pimble, the Eugene Ballet Company’s Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. She and Steve Perry, vocalist and guitarist of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, talk with Eric Alan about the unusual collaboration.

The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras celebrate eighty years of bringing music into the lives of youth, with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on April 5th. That performance will include all of the ESYO ensembles, and a guest appearance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham Fine, a Eugene native who once played violin in ESYO. She joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with Michele Pound, ESYO’s Executive Director.

Photo by Eric Alan

Vocalist and pianist Robin Bacior  is part of a musical duo with cellist Dan Bindschedler, who've recently relocated to Portland from New York. They're working on a new CD called Water Dreams, to be released this summer. They visited the KLCC studios to play a few songs, before performing at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, April 3rd.

The Sixth Annual Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute Plays runs April 4th-12th at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Executive Producer Paul Calandrino and playwright Nancy West talk with Eric Alan about the joys and challenges of short-form theatre, and what emerges when eight plays are presented together.

McKenzie River Memories

Apr 2, 2014

McKenzie Memories is an annual evening of McKenzie River storytelling, rare historic film clips and photographs. It will be at Cozmic in Eugene on Friday April 4th. Wooden boat expert Randy Dersham and Joe Moll, Executive Director of McKenzie River Trust, join Eric Alan to talk about drift boats, Helfrich family history, and why the McKenzie River is iconic.

Photo by Eric Alan

March 31st marks the 3rd anniversary of one of baseball’s most tragic fan violence cases: the Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.  It also marks one of the most unusual musical benefit efforts in response. Eric Alan travels with Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe—a band led by the San Francisco Giants third-base coach—to explore the place where music, baseball and healing from violence converge.

 

Glass sculptor Jonathan Swanz is doing installations at Lane Community College called Vibrant Matter and Right of Passage, the latter of which is paired with a dance performance by Bonnie Simoa and Sarah Nemecek. Jonathan Swanz joins Eric Alan to talk about light, the social behaviors of glass and people, and the relationship of portals and pilgrimage.

The Downtown Eugene Public Library presents “The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building,” on Saturday March 29th. It’s a community conversation led by Tim DuRoche, a jazz musician and scholar, who joins Eric Alan to talk about the changing landscapes of music and society. 

Solas Plays Live At KLCC

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by Michael Canning

The Irish-American band Solas stopped by the KLCC studios for an interview/performance with KLCC's Eric Alan. They are touring the Pacific Northwest in support of their latest project, Shamrock City. Solas plays the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight (3/27), and in Sisters, Or. on Saturday night (3/29).

Photo by Eric Alan

Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra bring vintage Delta Blues influences to original music, along with other eclectic influences. The Orchestra is a trio that includes including Marty O’Reilly on vocals and resonator guitar, Chris Lynch on the fiddle, and Jeff Kissell on double bass. They performed live in the KLCC studios before playing in Bend at Crows Feet Commons on Friday, March 21st and then on Wednesday, March 26th at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to her native Oregon from the Boston area, bringing her eclectic trio to KLCC before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene and a house concert in Bend on March 19th and 20th, respectively. She’s out touring behind her most recent CD, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes, along with Mike Block on cello and Christopher Lewis on guitar. They perform three eclectic instrumental tunes, and speak with Eric Alan about everything from touring in China to growing up in Port Orford.

Sharon Schuman has just released a new book called Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World, which looks at our definitions of freedom and how they may contribute to divisions between us. She explores that both through literature and current topics. She speaks with Eric Alan, before a book signing at J. Michael’s Books in Eugene on Saturday, March 22nd.

Photo by Eric Alan

Welsh songwriter Martyn Joseph has recorded over thirty albums in a recording career spanning over thirty years, as well as keeping a focus on global activism the whole time. He joined Eric Alan for a few songs in the KLCC studios, before performing a St. Patrick's Day show at the Dexter Lake Club in Dexter, and another concert at the Sisters High School Auditorium in Sisters on Tuesday evening, March 18th as part of the Sisters Folk Festival’s winter concert series.

Photo by Eric Alan

Herb Ohta Jr., Chino Montero, and Keoki Kahumoku, along with hula dancer Christina Wong, are on tour, bringing their Made in Hawaii tour to the mainland. Before performing at Aloha Friday at Cozmic in Eugene, they stopped by the KLCC studios to play a few songs, and talk about Hawaiian culture, including sustainable pig farming.

Eugene Opera presents Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at the Hult Center in Eugene, starring the Metropolitan Opera’s Emily Pulley. The opera is part of a larger citywide celebration of the women of the pioneer American West. Emily Pulley speaks with Eric Alan about her role, the cinematic score, and the universal themes of the Wild West.

Photo by Eric Alan

Wes Corbett and Jacob Jolliff have been playing together for a decade on banjo and mandolin, respectively, most recently in the Boston string band Joy Kills Sorrow . Jacob Joliff also won the National Mandolin Championship in 2012. Wes Corbett teaches banjo at Berklee College of Music, where Jacob was the first full-scholarship mandolin student. They stopped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs before presenting a duo show at a house concert in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Sprout Film Festival features short films about people with intellectual disabilities, at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield on Friday, March 14th. Laura Weil-Noppenberger, Community Outreach Coordinator for Full Access, and client Nickolas Kaasa talk with Eric Alan about the festival’s role in breaking down barriers and furthering inclusion.

The Eugene Public Library is partnering with the Springfield Public Library, Oregon Contemporary Theatre and others for 2014’s Big Read—a month-long series of events around F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Historian David Turner talks about how Willamette Valley culture compares to Fitzgerald’s 1920s, while Big Read coordinator Allison Arnold details the month’s events. 

Mick Moloney opens the 11th annual Irish Cultural Festival in Eugene on Friday, March 7th. Moloney has recorded over forty albums of traditional Irish music, and was the recipient of the National Heritiage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mick Moloney speaks with Eric Alan about Irish music and culture, traditional and modern.

Egyptian-American playwright Denmo Ibrahim based her play Ecstasy: a Water Fable on an ancient Sufi tale. At the UO, it’s directed by Michael Najjar , and includes live music from the band Americanistan. Ibrahim and Najjar talk with Eric Alan about how an ancient fable is relevant to modern immigration issues, and to repairing a sense of disconnection shared across cultures and eras.

Martin Sexton at KLCC

Mar 5, 2014
Eric Alan

Singer/Songwriter Martin Sexton first made a name for himself playing on the Boston streets, after moving there from his initial home of Syracuse, New York. More than twenty years and ten albums later,  he's built a loyal following for his expressive and inventive vocals and fine guitar playing. He stopped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs before his show on March 5th t at the WOW Hall in Eugene.

Vasen Live at KLCC

Mar 4, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

The Swedish trio Vasen is celebrating twenty-five years of making instrumental music together. They’re touring behind their most recent CD, Mindset, and before  performing in the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene, they joined Eric Alan live in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, including Olov Johansson on nyckelharpa, Mikael Marin on viola, and Roger Tallroth on 12-string guitar.

Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, spent twenty years in practice at the last almshouse in the country. She speaks with Eric Alan about the differences between an almshouse and a hospital, and the lessons from “slow medicine” relevant to the modern healthcare system. She speaks at the UO on Wednesday, March 5th, presented by the Oregon Humanities Center. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center has been dedicated to the performance, education and preservation of jazz for over 25 years, all with Wynton Marsalis as Artistic Director. Wynton Marsalis joins Eric Alan for conversation and music, before the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs at the Hult Center on March 5th.

 

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